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Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Passion for Markers Pearls and Gems Challenge

Today's challenge  at Passion for Markers has a fab theme of Pearls and/or Gems - I've used both!
I've used this stunning Sheepski Image - Noora - isn't she a beaut!

The papers are a mix of Maya Road and some DCWV ones that I've had an age.  And the flourishes are some really old ones that I no longer have the packaging for so can't remember who by!

The teeny, tiny crystals that I've dotted around the image are by Marianne - a beautiful soft, silvery-grey colour!

Our wonderful sponsor this week is Stampers Delights and they're offering the lucky winner 3 digital images of their choice!

Check out the gorgeous makes of my teamies here and then come and join in our challenge - I'll look forward to visiting!


Saturday, 7 May 2022

Marianne Designs new May release

Morning folks, today I'm sharing my DT card for Marianne Designs, showcasing their stunning new art inspired dies and stamps release this month!  I had great fun creating the splodgy background with the Paint and Ink stamps!  I then spent ages matching up my paint tubes with the inks I have, then proceeded to cover most of the paint blobs up - never mind!  I also had a centre circle cut out but decided to use the art palette as a sentiment base so covered that up too - and it's a little wonky but hey!!

You can find a full walk-through on the Marianne Inspiration blog here, along with some fab makes from the other Marianne Design Team members!!  And the details of the products I used are below.

Art Palette/Paint Dies – LR0760
Paint and Ink Stamps – CS1095
Craft Dates Sentiments – EC0167

Happy weekend everyone!

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Passion for Markers Flowers

We have the best challenge starting today at Passion for Markers - Flowers - lovely theme as chosen by our lovely Marie!

I have to confess that I have had this Imagination Crafts Pansy stamp in my stash for years - and this is the first time out of the packet!  I love it though so glad I've shown it some love at last! The sentiment came with and I've matched it with these beautiful papers from Maya Road.

It seemed to suit  some distressing too - it gave a lovely aged feel to my card.

Our generous sponsor this week is Colour of Love digis and they are offering one lucky winner 3 digi  images of their choice from their online store.  

Some of the DT have worked with Colour of Love images for the challenge so check them out here then come and join in the challenge!

Thanks for popping by!


Friday, 22 April 2022

Butterfly Hugs for Marianne Designs

Today I'm sharing my card for Marianne Designs using lots of their gorgeous new products - I love this floral layer die and the stamp and die cut butterfly - oh and the floral stencil!  Details below of products used.  You can also see a walk through on the Marianne Inspiration Blog here and another colourway below!

Marianne Products Used

Butterfly XL – TC0894 - NEW!
Floral Die – CR1586 - NEW!
Flower Mask – PS8119 - NEW!
Banner Tags – COL1507 - NEW!
Group Hugs Sentiments CS1011
Gold Diamante crystals

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

PFM In or On The Sea

Good morning - hope you've all enjoyed the Easter break - we've loved having family visit over the last couple of weeks, with nieces, sisters, daughter's and future in-laws on our guest list!  And the sun shone so it's been wonderful.  Our daughter, Em and her lovely partner, Jack, leave today but back up in a few weeks so I don't feel so bad at saying goodbye!

Anyhoo, on to today's card and it's for Passion for Markers and our lovely Lorraine on team 1 has chosen a theme of  In or On the Sea - just right as the weather is warming up!

Our generous sponsor this week is All Dressed Up Stamps and they are offering one lucky winner 2 digi images of their choice from their online store.  Most of the DT have used images from All Dressed Up stamps on their creations this week.

I've used this gorgeous image called Little Fishes and teamed him up with these lovely papers from Graphic 45 - they seem to be my go to for sea- themed makes!  The frames are Go Create set Frilly Frames #10 and there are of course the must use Marianne Dies, list below.

Marianne Products Used

Ship's Wheel - LR0417
Captain's Hat - CR1554
Lighthouse/Toy Boat - COL1497

I do hope you will be inspired to come along and join in our challenge at PFM - hop on over here to the challenge blog to see the super makes of my teamies.  Oh and don't forget you have to use Markers and just let us know which type you've used.  

Hugs, Juliexx

Saturday, 16 April 2022

New Fashion Girls at Marianne Designs

\Hi there bloggers.  Today's card is to showcase lots of new products this month at Marianne Designs, including these new Fashion Girl stamp and die sets. The papers are also new and I love them - as well as papers in pink and brown tones, you get labels and sentiments that match perfectly.  You can see more makes on the Marianne Spotlight Post here today and a full list of products I've used below.

Marianne Products Used

Girl Stamp and Die Set- CS1089 - NEW!
Fabulous Paper Set - PK9178 - NEW!
Shoe Dies - LR0756 - NEW!
Bag Dies - LR0758 - NEW!
Semi-Circle Die - LR0701
Small Rectangle Die - CR1563
Dress Die Set - COL1452

Hope you're all enjoying the long Easter Weekend here in the UK, we hope the sun will  be shining for our BBQ tomorrow with the family - looks like it!!

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Animal Magic at Passion for Markers

I love these little bird stamps from Marianne Designs and don't use them enough so was very happy to see that out theme at  this week is Animal Magic!

I coloured him in with my Copics then masked him off and used one of the new Colourful Silhouette Circle stamps from Marianne to stamp the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide.  I dabbed the ink pad onto the stamp then spritzed with some water before stamping to get this lovely loose sky background that's a little bit spotty and matches the papers perfectly!  The twig wreath die and leaves are new too!  Perfect for a little spring scene - the birds have all been so busy in our garden!

Marianne Products Used

Wreath/leaves Die set - LR0753 - NEW!
Colourful Circles Silhouette Stamps - CS1092- NEW!
Hooray A Boy Papers - PB7063 - NEW!
Bird Stamp - MM1610
Square Picot Edge Frame - LR0692
Banners Tag - CS1058
Wishes Sentiment set - CS1079

Our wonderful sponsors this month are Di's Digi Stamps so hope you will come along and join in this great challenge!  Don't forget to check out the makes of the rest of the DT here for some fab inspiration!!

Hugs, Juliexx

Friday, 25 March 2022

Beautiful flower stamp and die combo from Marianne Designs

Hi there, I back to jumping on the Marianne Inspiration Blog today -sharing my card made with one of a series of  stunning Floral Stamp and Die sets released this month.

You can see a run-through on the Marianne Inspiration Blog here as well as lots of other inspiration for their latest products from the design team world wide.

I've used the following products.

Dahlia Flower Stamp and Die Set – TC0892- NEW!
Dragon Fly Die Set – CR1582- NEW!
Anja’s Slimline Border DL Die set – LR0752- NEW!
Big/Little Tag Die Set – CR1353
Sentiment –MM1639
Diamond Gem – JU937

I love the new slimline border set for DL cards too - so elegant!  I also wanted to use a more recent tag die set but can I find them - no!  I've lost control of my craft room a little since my broken ankle and am only now getting the upper hand!

Have a great Weekend and a Happy  UK Mother's Day for Sunday to all the brilliant mums out there!


Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Anything Spring at Passion for Markers

Hello there bloggers - I'm really starting to get more active with my not-so broken ankle now - it's been nearly nine weeks and I feel that life is starting to get back to something resembling normal.
Which is just as well as it is my turn to choose the theme of this week's challenge at Passion for Markers.  As sprng is now officially sprung I've gone with a theme of Anything Spring - and nothing says spring to me quite like a vase or jug or even jam jar of flowers!
The image is from this week's sponsors,  Pattie's Creations, and the image is called Watering Can with Cosmos

I also love lilac and green together which I've taken from these beautiful French Antiques papers by Marianne - full list of their products below.

Marianne Products Used

Papers - French Antiques - PK9167
Frame Die Set - LR0692
Dragonfly  Die- CR1582 - NEW!
Tag and Sentiment Die set - CS1029
Small Cosmos Flower Die - LR0730.

I love the tiny flower die -it comes from a frame set that has lots of lovely little dies that are so useful separately as well as part of the whole set!  Oh, and the cute little rabbit is from Charlie and Paulchen, a German company.

My fab teamies have made some beautiful creations to inspire you here- you could win some fabulous images from Patties's Creations so I hope you will come and join us - just remember  you must use markers of some sort, Alcohol, Watercolour, felt pens but they must be markers.  

I look forward to visiting you and seeing your makes with our theme.
Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Passion for Markers - Clean and Simple

Morning everyone - well, this is the first card I've made since breaking my ankle 7 weeks ago as it's only now that I can get in my craft room.  I'm taking it easy as I still need to keep my ankle elevated and it can be a bit uncomfortable trying to craft even with my foot up on a stool!

Still, it is so lovely to be back in my room which is a bit of a mess I must confess!  Today's card is for our latest challenge at Passion for Markers as set by our lovely Sue - with the perfect theme for me of Clean And Simple as I start  crafting again!  

As we're being sponsored by Polkadoodles we've been lucky enough to work with a Polkadoodle image - this lovely lady is Ruby Birthday Cake.

I've also used my trusty Marianne products, details below.

Marianne Products Used

Lace Edged Frame - CR1563
Papers - Summer Picnic - PB7056
Enamel Dot - Snow and Ice PL4515

The lucky winner of our challenge this week could win 3 digi images of their choice from the Polkadoodle store so do come and play along with us here- just don't forget to use Marker pens!

Have a fabulous crafty week!


Saturday, 26 February 2022

Beach Babe

I've been MIA for a few weeks as I broke my ankle about 5 weeks ago and only now am I feeling like engaging fully with social media! I'm  not able to access my craft room either as it is up a couple of steps but hoping that I may get in there this week, now I have an air boot!  I don't think I'll quite be a beach babe for some time thought!

I've got a few cards which I didn't manage to share last year, and this one was for my sister-in-law who had just taken ownership of a beach hut!

Apart from the image I've used lots of Marianne Dies as listed below.

Distressed Edge DL Die set - CR1569
Beach Hut, Parasol, Chairs Die Sets - LR0662
Sign Post- LR0635
Beach Sentiments - CS1007

I collect stones, shells and sea glass whenever I go to the local beaches, and the star fish was bought but who knows where from.

Friday, 14 January 2022

A Spring Bouquet

Today's card uses the new Marianne Designs Bouquet Die set which I've filled with lots of the gorgeous die cuts from their Wildflower Die Sets (my faves!!).

Marianne Products Used

Bouquet Die Set - LR0742
Flower Dies - CR1516/17
Handwritten Sentiments Stamp set - CS1052
Springtime Papers - PS8084
You can find more details here on the Marianne Inspiration Blog.


Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Going Dotty at Passion for Markers

Well, it's back to challenges for me at Passion for Markers - this is my first card post this year!  I've been taking a break of sorts from social media just dipping in occasionally but glad to post a card again.  We have a great theme of Going Dotty at Passion for Markers and as we're being sponsored by The Paper Shelter, the team have been working with this fab Panda image- so great to see how different makers use the image.

I've used some old papers - Wild Asparagus from My Mind's Eye and Konichiwa from Basic Grey - there are a couple of Marianne products used to, listed below.

Marianne Products Used

Bamboo Leaves - LR0729
Leaves- LR0228

As I said, Paper Shelter are our sponsors this week and they are offering one lucky winner 3 digi images of their choice from their online store.  

I look forward to visiting and seeing your makes!

Happy New Year everyone!


Tuesday, 28 December 2021

St Nick for my NIck

 I've been enthralled by all the CAS card making on that group on FB - there really are some wonderful makes and this is the card I made for hubby, Nick - I always try and use a Father Christmas image on his cards so was thrilled to see this one being used by Chris Stokes in the FB group.  It's a jpeg from Hungry Caterpillar.  

I've used some of the smaller dies from the Wonky Square set from Marianne Designs as well as the berry die again, that came with the Advent Calendar

Wonky Squares Die set - CR1375
Berry Die

I am full of cold at the moment, I just about managed to get through Christmas Day before it came out in force!  Did a LFT but luckily negative not that it would have meant changing our arrangements for the Christmas period .

Anyway, Season's Greeting to  you lovely bloggers!


Friday, 17 December 2021

It;s halfway time at our Christmas Mega Challenge at Passion for Markers

It's the half way mark for our Mega Christmas Challenge at Passion for Markers - but only a few days to the big day and I'm not ready!!  Luckily I made this card a few weeks ago using one of my favourite Mo Manning image from the Valerie in Winter range

The papers are a great 12x12 pad from The Works heere int he UK

Our theme for the Mega Christmas challenge is “anything goes”.  We don't mind what you create for this challenge, as long as you colour with your markers!  You are welcome to make Christmas creations but as the challenge will still be running after the ‘BIG’ day you can of course make any type of creation.  As time is precious for our DT at this time of year we are limiting the number of entries you can make to just 3 for this month long challenge.  Please remember to be eligible for our prizes you must use your markers such as Promarkers, Copics, Spectrum Noir, Karin, Zig Clean Color etc

So now for the exciting bit – the prizes!

Dies to Die For are offering 1 lucky winner a £20.00 gift voucher

Dies to Die For logo

Uniko Stamps are offering 1 lucky winner 1 stamp set (must be in stock)


Dr Digi's House of Stamps are offering 1 lucky winner 2 digi images

Dr Digi's House of Stamps

Leann’s World 101 are offering 1 lucky winner 2 digi images

Crafty Sentiments Designs are offering 1 lucky winner 3 digi images

Colour of Love digis are offering 1 lucky winner 3 digi images

All Dressed Up stamps are offering 1 lucky winner 2 digi images

Take care


Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Marianne Wishes using the Berry die from Advent Window number 14.

I absolutely love the new Poinsettia stamp from Marianne this season and I've used it here a bit like a design paper.   I stamped it in the corner of my square piece of card and then partially just above.  I then coloured it with my Copics and added the die cut poinsettias on top.  Now it's really hidden my coloured pieces but if you look at the next picture it adds some great depth to the card.  I've then used die cuts from the berry die (behind window number 14 on the advent calendar) to add further dimension.

The little fir tree branches are from the Holly Wreath set that I used on my previous card this week - it's all about mixing and matching!  Full list of items used below.

Marianne Products Used

Berry Die from Advent Calendar window 14
Poinsettia Stamp - MM1649
Sentiment Stamp and Die Set - KJ1719
Poinsettiea Dies - LR0121
Fir Tree Branches from Holly Wreath and Bird Die set - CR1387

I'm so enjoying using all the goodies from the advent calendar - I have another to share in a few days!


Monday, 13 December 2021

Marianne Designs Advent Window no 11

I'm sharing another card with you today using the cute little birdhouse that is behind window no 11 in the Marianne Designs Advent Calendar.

I cut the Holly Wreath die three times and then stacked them up to add some dimension and did the same with the birdhouse before cutting again in red to get the little heart in the centre. I did the same with the house and then added the fabulous red rhinestones for the berries.

I then cut the wreath in kraft card purely so I could stamp and  heat emboss the sentiment onto Kraft knowing that it would fit snuggly inside the die and I wouldn't have to worry about centralising everything!

A full list of Marianne products used is below

Birdhouse die from Advent Calendar
Holly Wreath and Bird - CR1387
Senitment - Handlettering set - EC0156
Rhinestones - CA3159

Quite a simple card but very effective I think!

Hugs, Juliexx

Thursday, 2 December 2021

It's Advent calendar time - Marianne Snowflakes


I'm not sure if you've seen but Marianne have the most fantastic Advent calendar out for us crafters this year - full of delightful Marianne goodies!

 Hopefully, you have opened your calendar by now and you will find this gorgeous little snowflake stamp behind window no 1!  

My card uses the stamp  to create a whole panel of snowflakes as  it stamps randomly with no edges.  I've used it to make a silver embossed panel on my card which matches perfectly with lots of other snowflake goodies in my Marianne collection - details below.

Marianne Products Used

Snowflake Stamp from 2021 Advent Calendar
Snowflake Stitching Border Die - CR1571 - NEW!
Snowflake Chain Die - CR1574 - NEW!
Snowflakes Die set - LR0393
Christmas Sentiments stamp set - CS0980
Stitched Edge Circle Die - CR1360
Brocante Winter Papers- CR1574

And just a little close up  of the panel below so you can see how beautifully it stamps!

The Marianne Design Team will be sharing more samples using the calendar goodies over the next month - and it's still not too late to buy your calendar! Buddly Crafts have it in stock here for those of you who are in the UK!